Help to record the wildlife of Leicestershire and Rutland

Submit any sighting of an animal, plant or fungus – with or without a photo – to put your dot on our species distribution maps. All records are passed on to local and national recording schemes.  All wildlife records are valuable, common or rare, and whether from your garden, local park or a nature reserve. Help To Record

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2016 was another record year for NatureSpot, with the growth seen in previous years continuing. There were increases in the number of records submitted, the number of recorders, visitors to the website and the species profiled. Read the 2016 Annual Report here.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Recorders Conference will take place on Sunday 26th February at the Rothley Centre. This is a free event but booking is required - email Nathalie Cossa or telephone 0116 248 7362 at the Wildlife Trust to reserve your place. Click the header to see the programme.

Wild Places pages for the Grantham Canal now cover the whole Leicestershire section. The Canal is one of the less explored sites but is a rich hunting ground for wildlife recorders. It is best known for its outstanding dragonfly and damselfly populations, comprising 19 species. Located in the northeast of Leicesteshire, the 11.5 miles of Canal offers easy all year access on the towpath. Find out more: Long Clawson to Harby; Harby to Redmile and Redmile to Muston.

October is a good time to spot galls, before the leaves fall. The Oak Marble Gall is a common find on Oak trees, but did you know that the wasp causing this gall, Andricus kollari, was introduced to the UK to help with the ink industry? Read a fascinating blog about this story here.

Many insects are disappearing as the year gets to October by but one possible late sighting is the Ivy Bee, Colletes hederae. Though not yet seen in Leicestershire or Rutland it has been moving northwards so a species to look out for on late-flowering Ivy. View the info sheet.

NatureSpot is run by volunteers who all share an interest in local wildlife. Would you like to join us? There are many different tasks that would suit people with varying time to offer and different skills and interests. Have a look at some of the ways you could help and get in touch if you are interested. Volunteering for NatureSpot.

Want to improve your moss identification? In the middle of January - what else would you do? This is an indoor workshop for everyone who wants to get to grips with a group of closely related pleurocarps, many of which are common but difficult to distinguish in the field. MORE

Local bumbleebee expert, Maggie Frankum, is again running her popular ID workshops at the Botanic Gardens in Oadby this year. The events are free but you must book a place. First come first served so don't delay! More.

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